23 March 2012
The (Un)resolved Problem of National Minorities in the Baltic States
In this paper, the author examines the issues related to the rejection of Russian as Latvia’s second official language. He argues that even though this was predictable, it challenged the effectiveness of Latvia’s integration policy. The current situation of ethnic Russians living in Lithuania, and in great numbers in Latvia and Estonia, varies. The author concludes that although the Baltic States treat the issue of national minorities as a purely internal matter, the solidarity amongst them for the protection of national languages will increase.
© 2012 Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)
Marcin Zaborowski, Katarzyna Staniewska, Jarosław Ćwiek-Karpowicz, Beata Górka-Winter, Artur Gradziuk, Beata Wojna